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9/19/18

Amazon Fall Kimonos x2 + Work Chat

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We still have a couple of months of warm weather on the horizon here before it truly cools down, so I've been wanting to add a fall-friendly kimono to my closet. They really are a great way to add some style and polish to an outfit without adding the warmth of a cardigan or jacket. My Spring version (shown here and here) is white-based, and I thought a black-based option would be better for fall. I got two from Amazon to try and had a hard time deciding which one I liked best, so I put it to a vote on Instagram. That vote ended up at 60/40 in favor of floral, which still didn't help me feel like I had a clear winner. So I took pictures of both on top of the same basic outfit to let you all decide which you like best!

You may know by now that I'm usually not a big fan of florals, but it was really hard to find a black-based or fall-friendly looking kimono that didn't have a floral print! I decided to give this one a try because I liked the long line and overall color scheme of it. If I don't look too hard at the flowers themselves I really like it! My other kimono is a shorter length so I liked that this was opposite in every way. It is a "One Size" piece and I do think the loose, open cut will fit most sizes.

The material is a sheer, flowy chiffon. It's really lightweight and a pretty perfect transition piece as far as I'm concerned. I talked about these shoes a little more in Monday's post, but in short they're comfortable and true to size. The heel doesn't feel as high as it looks in these pictures and in the stock photo.

This kimono was the second place version, but not by much! I liked it because I think the colors have definite fall vibes without being a true floral print, but because of my own weird issues with floral. The sleeves on this one are different though. They're cut more like a poncho or cape (as you'll see below). I guess I'd say they're more like armholes than sleeves. This is also cut wider overall and less long and lean against the body. It is also a "One Size" piece and again, I think it will work for most sizes. This also has a heavier fabric than the floral kimono. Not a heavy fabric, mind you, but it's not sheer chiffon so it's more like the weight of an average bed sheet. (That doesn't sound very fashionable but it's the first comparison that came to my mind!)

I have to say, this kimono was making me feel a little superhero-ish! We had a little breeze going on while taking these pictures so I had to capture the flowy cape action that was happening.

You'll have to know which one of these you like best! I ended up keeping both. I can't really explain why, but the floral option feels more casual to me and the second option feels a bit more dressy. Maybe it's the fabric? I'm not sure, but either way, they're both affordable (under $25) and a fun transition piece for summer to fall! The Blended Blog has Kimonos for the Fashion Frenzy theme this week so I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's fall kimonos today. Hope you all have a great week!

If you've followed my blog for awhile you probably know I'm all about connecting on topics outside of fashion here! Talking only about clothes makes me feel a little shallow, so I try to find other discussion points or participate in themed link ups when I can. Today I didn't have an "assigned" theme so I thought I'd give a little info on my new job as a personal stylist. I've had a few blogger friends reach out with questions, so I thought maybe others would like to know more as well!

First, I should back up and say that going back to work after exclusively raising kids for 13 years is no joke! My first official day on my new job was actually my son's 13th birthday, and I'd been a stay at home mom for all of those years. It had been about 15 years since I'd put together a resume or had a job interview, since I had the same job for a few years prior to his birth. It was extremely intimidating! I felt a lot of anxiety trying to put my worth and experience on paper and explain my absence from the work force (in my cover letter) after such a long employment gap. I can also tell you that I did include my blog on my resume. It's probably unconventional, but I was applying for a fashion-related job, and prior to my blog, none of my work experience was related to fashion (I worked in marketing for tech companies). My blog seemed like the best way I could prove that I was not only very interested in fashion, but I was self-motivated and had some decent communication skills.

One of the questions I've also been asked is, "How did you find your job?" When I started feeling the itch to take on a more "normal" job again, I started Googling fashion jobs in my area. I read a lot of different job listings and that helped give me ideas for what kinds of jobs were out there, where I thought my skills might make sense, and what would be a good fit for me or not. All of the searching finally lead me back to thinking about how much I enjoyed the short gig I had as a personal stylist for a dental office earlier this year. I don't know why I didn't think of pursuing this line of work right away, but in retrospect it seems like the answer was right in front of my face! Once I settled on pursuing that, I started changing up my Google searches to learn more about personal stylist jobs, whether there were other people in my area offering these services, what they charged, etc. As it often happens with internet "spies" and algorithms, once you Google something, related ads start showing up everywhere. If I search "kids music lessons," the next day I'll start seeing sponsored social media ads for that very thing. And so it was with the personal stylist searches. Within a few days my Instagram feed was filled with companies offering those services! Mind you, I was looking to be one, not hire one, but the results still ended up helping me. I started checking out the websites for each of these companies that came up in my feed to see if their services were a match for my skills. It didn't take long before I found one that looked like a good match. I applied via their website, and now here I am, working as a personal stylist on the daily!

I'm not sure if that's a normal way to find a job or go back to work these days, but that was my experience! If nothing else I hope it was interesting to read or possibly motivating if you're looking to make a change to your own employment situation. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read today!



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39 comments:

  1. Gina, I love your kimonos! This was my summer outfit formula all season long. Jean shorts and kimonos! I just wore something similar yesterday. And you are right...going back to work after being a stay at home is no joke at all! I just went back to work about a month ago after 8 years of staying home with kids and the transition is darn near killing me! But it is super exciting and fun as well. I wish you so much luck with your new position. It sounds fabulous!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Oh what a crazy coincidence that we both just went back to work! Thanks for the kind words!

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  2. First I am so happy that you kept both kimonos! They are so different from one another and I think you'll enjoy wearing both. I really love how unique the second one is!
    You were so smart to search out your new job the way you did. Your blog is very relevant on your resume no matter what field you were searching in because it speaks volumes about your ability to write, run your own business, and of course the tech side and social media is the way of the world! The new job seems a perfect fit for you and I am so happy you found it!
    Happy Wednesday Gina!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Thank you so much Kellyann! I so appreciate your support.

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  3. I love both kimonos and definitely agree with you keeping both! :)

    So interesting to read about how you found your job too - it's wonderful you have something that works for you! :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you're having a good week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  4. I love how you styled your kimonos. I especially love that second kimono. It's so different!

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  5. Both are very nice kimonos, but I really like the second one! I really enjoyed reading about how you found your new job. Congratulations! I am really looking forward to reading all about how it goes for you.

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    1. Thank you Jennie! I do plan on sharing more about it here and there. :)

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  6. Both Kimonos are beautiful, but I think my fave is the floral. I like the way is sits on you, maybe because it's a little longer. I know what you mean about going back to work. I had gone back after being home fore about 9 years and it was a really hard transition and I was initially petrified. I ended up quitting a few years later because my Dad was diagnosed with alzheimers (just after my mom had passed) and it was just too much with him and the kids (who were still in elem and middle school at the time). One thing I found that I really liked about working again though was having an identity outside of the family. It felt better than I expected.
    Xx, Julie | This Main Line Life

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    1. Ah I know exactly what you mean about having an identity outside of the family! That was definitely something I missed too. And I'm so sorry about your parents! How good of you to take time away from work for him!

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  7. They are both super cute! I really love the second one though!

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  8. I can't tell you how many times I looked at that second kimono when I was shopping for one this summer. I've also seen that same fabric made into a top and jumpsuit. It's by far my favorite of the two. The colors are perfect for fall and I like the length better. (not to dis the floral😉) Sounds like the way you figured out your new path was shear genius to me. So excited for you! I know you'll be a smashing success!!!

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    1. I've also seen the fabric of the second one as a maxi dress! I think it's kind of funny how they do that...do they make one batch of material at some warehouse and divide it up for different retailers? I do wonder how it works!

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  9. Both of your kimonos are lovely but I think the floral is my favorite! Love the longer length! It's interesting to hear how you came across your new position! I hope you are enjoying it!

    Jill
    Doused in Pink

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    1. Thanks Jill! Glad you enjoyed the backstory - I am enjoying it a lot!

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  10. Hey kimono wearing CUTIE!! So proud of you and going after a job with gusto after all those years home! Like I said, they are lucky to have your awesomeness!!

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  12. I'm a huge fan of kimonos, so I loved both of these! But I really enjoyed hearing about your job search and how you ended up where you are. I've been out of the traditional work force for almost 30 years! Eek! I've done a lot of freelance writing, so I've been working, but not out in the marketplace. And since my husband lost his job recently, we've both been looking out for more employment. Your story has given me some ideas for both me and my husband. Thanks so much for sharing.

    I've linked up with Style on the Daily today, and I'll try to link up more often in the future. You gals have a great thing going here. Thanks so much for providing this link-up.

    Blessings!

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    1. Ah, that makes me so happy to hear Kay! (Not that your husband lost it job! Rather that I was able to give you some fresh ideas!) Best of luck with your job searching and thanks for linking up! Happy to have you whenever it works for you.

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  13. Wow this was so interesting! I wanted to ask some of these questions but didn’t want to pry! I actually applied to stitch fix earlier this year but didn’t make the cut after an initial interview. So disappointing because it seems like something I’d be good at but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. I’m so happy for you! It sounds like the perfect situation for you. And I love kimonos as you know! They are the best for SoCal weather year round

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    1. Glad I was able to answer some of your unasked questions! And sorry that Stitch Fix didn't work out but glad we were able to connect about other opportunitites offline!

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  14. That is so great you have been able to turn your blog and love of fashion into a job! Congrats! I also love the second kimono for fall, it really seems like a perfect transition piece.
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. Thanks Lyddie! You know, when I first started blogging that was one of my goals...that I could leverage it into something else. I lost track of that goal for awhile and just got busy with other things in life, but it feels like the right next step for me!

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  15. Love how light and flowy these are.

    Love that you spoke more about your job here thats so interesting. I love that blogging brings all kinds of humans together. I read your story about going back to work after 13 years and thought "we are exact opposites". I dont have kids yet and my hope is to have a couple soon but my biggest fear is "all I know how to do is work". Ahhh life. Thanks for sharing a little more on your journey.

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    1. Oh how funny that you are in the opposite situation. But yes...leaving work to have kids OR incorporating them into your working life are also MAJOR challenges. Best of luck in your journey with that!

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  16. These kimonos are amazing, I love the look of kimonos. That's one item I never gave up, I still have the very first kimono I purchased.

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    Pinksole

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    1. Oh that's so cool that you still have your first kimono!

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  17. I would have a hard time choosing between those kimonos. They are both so different and I like them both! Personally I am drawn to the striped one, but I can't really give a good reason why. Maybe the opaque fabric feels more fall to me? They both look great on you! Thanks for sharing more about your job search journey. I hope you are loving your new position!

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    1. It's been so fun to see how everyone has a preference and their reason...if there is one! Sometimes we just like what we like!

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  18. That cape picture captures the true picture of blogging - and the reality of what it is like to take photos outside in the elements. I am so impressed at how you went after the job - and moving ahead with it! Thanks for talking with me last week.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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    1. I have it pretty easy with the weather situation and yet it STILL presents challenges. I marvel at people who live in more harsh climates and manage to consistently take great photos! And yes! It was so fun connecting offline with you too and I can't wait to see the next steps in your journey!!

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  19. This kimono is such a great light layering piece!

    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

    https://www.avecamber.com
    https://www.bloglovin.com/avecamber

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  20. Both are really cute dear. I'd keep them both too!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  21. You always pick great items and both the kimonos are fabulous. Congratulations on your styling job - that's so inspiring to hear. I hope it goes really well for you xx Maria

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